Age 84, of East Lansing, MI, passed away May 17, 2013.  She was born March 6, 1929, in Tel Aviv, Israel, to Elazar and Frieda Troppe, who preceded her in death.  Aviva graduated from UC Berkley with a Bachelor of Arts and was a beloved and admired teacher in Israel and in the U.S.  She was a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek, the Congregation sisterhood, and Hadassah.  Aviva was totally and utterly devoted to her family and loved by her community, her husband and children.

Surviving are:  her husband, Rabbi Morton; daughters, Sharona (Andy Podgurski) Hoffman, Ronit Hoffman, Dalia Hoffman, and Yael (Andrew Skol) Hoffman; grandsons, Yoni Hoffman Skol and Ezra Hoffman Skol.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing, with Rabbi Amy Bigman and Cantor Pamela Schiffer officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Shaarey Zedek, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, or Friends of the IDF, in memory of Aviva Hoffman.  Online condolences may be left for her family at

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    Shai Schellekes Says:

    Dear Mort. I would like to send you a mail. If that’s ok would you be so kind to let me know the address? mine is
    Yours, Shai Schellekes

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    Lois Rosen Says:

    I know Aviva through the WINS Breast Cancer Support Group at Sparrow Hospital. She would come to meetings occasionally and talk about her lengthy survivorship. She was a warm and lovely woman, who was an inspiration to all of us who were undergoing cancer treatment or were new survivors. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

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    Andrea Parkins Says:


    I have taken some time to think of what to say. Unfortunately, no words will be sufficient. However, please know that the Parkins Family sends their condolences. All the best to you and your family. May you be comforted during this difficult time.

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